Live, accurate and detailed

Our data collection operation spans the globe and is undertaken by teams of local expert analysts.

7 - Last season under Garry Monk, Leeds United secured their first top-half finish in the Championship since 2010/11 (also 7th). Gone. 5 hours ago

48 - Garry Monk won 48% of his league games in charge of Leeds (22/46) , the fifth highest percentage in the club's… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 5 hours ago

250 - Francesco #Totti has scored 250 goals in Serie A, 4 more than all current Roma players combined (246). King. https://t.co/fOC9vKU8bQ 5 hours ago

15 - Marouane Fellaini has won 15 aerial duels vs Ajax, a new record high in one match in Europa League history (20… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 21 hours ago

1 - Jose Mourinho is the first manager to win both the European Cup/CL (2) & UEFA Cup/Europa League (2) more than o… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 21 hours ago

5 - Manchester United are the fifth team to win all three major European trophies (UEFA Cup/EL, CL/European Cup & C… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 21 hours ago

5 - Five of Henrikh Mkhitaryan's last six Manchester United goals have come in the Europa League. Specialist. https://t.co/EYQP7nhYGI 22 hours ago

2 - Paul Pogba has now scored in back to back games for Manchester United after a run of 19 games without a goal. T… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 hours ago

10 - Manchester United have gone 10 matches unbeaten in the Europa League (W7 D3), conceding just four goals in that time. Confident. 23 hours ago

19y 205d - Marcus Rashford is the youngest Englishman to start a major European final since Gary Mills for Nottingh… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 24 May

The data collection process

A network of global collection centres

Our data is collected in specialist data collections centres across the world.

We believe that it is a unique combination of cutting-edge collection technology and passionate, skilled experts that make our data the most impressive available anywhere.

Combined with an in-stadia data collection operation for some sports, we use propietary software that allows for deep, quick and accurate collection.

Consistent proprietary methodology

Opta is the only sports data business that collects and distributes full, time-stamped, contextual data live, featuring complete x/y co-ordinates (as well as z co-ordinates where applicable, such as shots in football), and a granularity of event type unique amongst data providers.  

An obsession with accuracy

In football alone our data collection methods allow us to collect between 1,600 and 2,000 individual actions from every game.  This is all collected and delivered live.  Three expert analysts will cover each match, one collecting all of the home team actions, one the away team and a third analyst checking the data for consistency and adding additional layers of data.

There will also be a full post-match check in the 48 hours following the match to ensure that the databases are as accurate as possible.

Our analysts in action

Our expert analysts collect live data.

Our data is rigourously checked to ensure accuracy. 

Our live, proprietary data collection software promotes consistancy and accuracy.